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Sunday, November 9, 2008

"But you Don't Look Sick"

From Penny and Franine, this is something that you can each share with others whom you know.

"But you Don't Look Sick"
Is an often heard phrase
To those battling illness
Invisible most days…

Having an Invisible Illness
Makes life so much worse.
As we are prejudged, misunderstood,
Not believed, and/or cursed…

What we experience each day,
Fatigue, symptoms and pain,
Is really life altering,
And a huge, great big drain…

Doctors, prescriptions and treatments,
Are now part of our life,
Costing more than we have,
And causing trouble and strife…

Because we are "Normal" to look at,
At least most of the time,
People think it's Ok to treat us badly,
Or like we have committed a crime….

But the only crime we committed,
Was to get invisibly sick,
It just something that happened,
It's not our fault we feel Ick…

We didn't ask to be ill,
It wasn't something we did
Not something we didn't do,
We couldn't have hid…

It's just something that happened,
A totally random affair.
I am trying my hardest to treat it,
Of this I do swear…

But now you must realise,
That there is rarely a cure,
But we try what is recommended,
But each day there a fewer…

Please don't recommend
Any remedies and/or cures
If it worked then we'd know
Of this our doctors ensures…

Please don't think `cos I'm smiling,
That I am healthy and well,
It just means that I'm happy,
I can still be very unwell…

Happiness is just that,
A feeling of joy,
When you suffer long term,
You work hard to enjoy…

Don't tell me you understand or know what it's like,
Don't pity me or exclude me,
I know what my limitations are,
Please try to understand, that is my plea

So Please we all beg you,
Don't Judge us by looks,
But understand us and help us,
Don't treat us like Crooks…

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arlee said...

If I have heard the phrase "but you look so good" once, I have heard it a hundred times. This poem says it all. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Well put. Thanks for sharing. Happy holidays!